Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 3, 1643-1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Jovis, Maii 30, 1644.
Register of Chancery.
AN Ordinance for authorizing and enabling Colonel Long (made by former Order of both Houses, Register of the High Court of Chancery) to make his Deputy, and to be sworn into the said Place, was this Day read the First and Second time; and, upon Question, passed; and ordered to be sent unto the Lords for their Concurrence.
Ordered, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal do, To-morrow, present Names of fit Persons to fill the Places of Judges for the Courts of Justice in Westminster Hall.
Writs, Teste Roberto Heath.
Ordered, That it be inquired what Officers they are that issue Writs, Teste Roberto Heath, contrary to the Ordinance of Parliament, that disables him for being a Judge, being made by the Seal at Oxon.
Mr. Lisle, Mr. Grimston, Mr. Pury, Mr. Corbett, Mr. Ellis, Mr. Recorder, Mr. Rous, Mr. Selden, Mr. Cage, Mr. Young, Mr. Whittacre, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Tate, Sir Peter Wentworth, Sir H. Heyman:
They are likewise to consider how the Obstructions may be prevented, that are occasioned by want of Officers upon Judgments, and Writs of Error: And have Power to send for Parties, Witnesses, Papers, Records. They are likewise to consider of some Course, that the Sheriffs of the several and respective Counties may speedily be sworn: And are to meet this Afternoon, at Two of Clock, in the Court of Wards.
A Letter, from the Commissioners appointed to reside in the Army, of Maii 27, from Abington, was this Day read.
Ordered, That this House doth allow of Jo. Hanbury to be Messenger to the Commissioners appointed to reside in my Lord General's Army.
Ordered, That the Commission concerning Martial Law be reported To-morrow Morning.
Ordered, That the Lieutenant of the Tower do desire the Committee of the Militia, that the Order for Inquiry and Search after such Soldiers as have left their Colours, and are come to Town, and seizing them and their Horses, and sending them to their Colours, to be proceeded with according to the Course of War, may be put in quick, speedy, and severe Execution.
Affairs at Plymouth.
A Letter from Plymouth, of the 16 of May, relating very good Success it has pleafed God, on the Fifteenth of May, to give some Soldiers of the Garison of Plymouth.
Sir Shilston Calmady, &c.
Upon Mr. Purye's Report from the Committee to whom the Examination and Hearing of the Cause concerning Sir Shilston Calmady, Knight, James Wardlowe, Colonel Jo. Trefusis, Rob. Savary, Jo. Carter, and Philip Francis, Esquires, was referred;
It is Resolved, upon the Question, That Sir Shilston Calmady, Knight, James Wardlowe, Colonel Jo. Trefusis, Rob. Savary, Jo. Carter, Philip Francis, Esquires, shall be forthwith discharged from any further Attendance in this Cause.
Complaint against Picot.
Upon the Complaint of divers Ministers of God's Word, of the Colloque of the Island of Guarnsay, represented in a Letter, against Mr. Thomas Picot, for renouncing the Discipline of their Church;
It is Ordered, That the said Mr. Tho. Picott be forthwith summoned to attend the Parliament; and that the Inhabitants of that Isle do take care for the speedy sending of him up accordingly: And that this Business, and the Letter, be referred to the Committee of plundered Ministers.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashe do prepare a Letter to be sent from Mr. Speaker to the Governors of Warwick Castle, and Coventry, to desire them to permit the Cloth that is brought thither to be sent up to London: And if, upon Examination, the Cloths shall appear to be Prize to the State, that the Endeavours of those Garisons shall be considered: And likewise to desire them to send up the Informations concerning those Cloths, and the Grounds of staying of them.
Ordered, That Mr. Ashe, Mr. Spurstoe, and Mr. Bond, do take care of the Custody of the Eighteen Packs of Cloths, taken at Islip by Captain Purbeck Temple, and sent up from Newport Pagnell; and that if, upon Examination, the Cloths shall appear to be Prize to the State, that the Profit shall be bestowed, as a Reward, upon the said Captain, his Officers, and Soldiers, reserving to the Governor his Proportion; however, that the said Officers and Soldiers shall have a good Reward for Salvage: And the Examination, whether these Cloths be Prize within the Ordinance, is referred to the Committee for Examinations, to examine it this Afternoon.
Temple's Arrears, &c.
The humble Petition of Captain Purbeck Temple, concerning his Arrears, and Cloths taken by him, was this Day read.
Newport Pagnall Garison.
Mr. Long, * Recorder, * Holles, * Litton, * Heyman, * Trevor, * Cage, * Ashe, * Barnardiston, * Ellis, * Browne, * Pykering, * Barrington, * Pye, * Bainton, * Tate, * Heveningham, * Wentworth, * Lumley;
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to consider of the State of the Garison of Newport Pagnall; and to consider of settling some Course for the constant Pay of that Garison; and likewise for the Pay of Captain Purbeck Temple's Arrears; and for the Pay of his Troop for the future: And are to meet To-morrow, at Two of Clock, in the Exchequer Chamber.
Captain Temple was called in: And Mr. Speaker, by the Command of the House, acquainted him, That the House took notice of this late great Service done by him, and the other Services formerly done by him at Newport Pagnall; and do give him Thanks for it: And have taken Order for the Payment of the Arrears.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed for Raising of Monies, where Mr. Millington has the Chair, shall have Power to sit, and join with the Committee appointed by the City to sit upon the Raising of Monies: And that likewise they shall take and employ their best Care and Diligence, that the Money from the Excise, assigned to my Lord General's Army, may be duly, and in time, brought in: And likewise, that the monthly Pay, assigned upon the City of London, may be brought in.
Message from Lords.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Robert Riche and Mr. Page;
That the Lords do agree to the Ordinance concerning Sir Wm. Bruerton, leaving out the last Clause.
They have likewise commanded us to acquaint you, That, concerning the Ordinance for Writs of Error, they have appointed Four Lords to be of a Committee; and desire this House to appoint a proportionable Number to join with them, concerning that Ordinance, and to hear the Judges concerning it; and what they hold fit to offer, that may be agreeable to the Law, and Ease of the Subject.
The Clause the Lords desired to be left out, was concerning the bringing of the Discoveries made by Sir Wm. Brereton, to the Committee of Lords and Commons for Sequestrations, before he possessed himself of the Estates discovered by him: The which was read; and agreed to be left out, according to the Desire of the Lords.
Writs of Error.
Mr. Maynard, Mr. Whitelock, Mr. Selden, Mr. Hill, and the Commissioners of the Great Seal, are appointed to meet with a Committee of a proportionable Number of the Lords, concerning the Ordinance for Writs of Error; with the like Power, and in the same Manner, as is desired by the Lords.
Ordered, That the Propositions concerning Aylisbury be taken into Consideration To-morrow Morning, the first Business.
Ordered, That the French Agent shall have Mr. Speaker's Warrant for himself, and his Servants, to pass to Oxon; and to Exeter to the Queen; provided they carry nothing prejudicial to the State.
Pressing a Bark.
A Warrant, to be signed by Mr. Speaker, for pressing a Bark at Portesmouth, to go upon special Service to Lyme.
Mr. Lisle reports the Amendments to the Ordinance concerning Portesmouth: The which were read, and assented unto; and the Ordinance ordered to be ingrossed.
Ordered, That the humble Petition of Mary Chichester, Widow unto Colonel Jo. Chichester, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Irish Affairs, to take the Petitioner's Condition into Consideration, for her present Relief.
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Wilde do, To-morrow, bring in the Ordinance concerning the Payment of Tythes.
Register of Chancery.
Whereas Walter Long Esquire, a Member of the House of Commons, was, by Order of both Houses, bearing Date the Seventh Day of December, Anno Dom. 1643, nominated, appointed, and constituted Register of the High Court of Chancery, to execute the Place of Register, and to receive the Profits, Emoluments, and Advantages belonging unto it, in as full and ample Manner as any Register formerly did, might, or ought to receive them; It is now Ordered and Ordained, by the Lords and Commons, That the said Walter Long shall . . , and is hereby, admitted to the said Place and Office, accordingly. And whereas the Registers of the said Court have formerly had the Liberty to execute the said Place, by themselves, or their sufficient Deputies, or Sub Registers; It is further Ordered and Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the said Walter Long shall have Power and Liberty to execute the said Place by himself, or by such his sufficient Deputy or Sub Registers, as shall be by him, from time to time, nominated, and approved of by both Houses of Parliament, or by the Commissioners of the Great Seal. And it is also Ordered and Ordained, by the said Lords and Commons, That the Commissioners of the Great Seal, or the Master of the Rolls, who is hereby authorized thereunto, shall administer unto the said Walter Long, and to such Deputy and Deputies as shall be nominated and approved of, as aforesaid, such Oath or Oaths as have usually been administered unto, and taken by, the Registers of the said Court, and their Deputy or Sub Registers respectively. And the said Commissioners are hereby authorized and required to pass the Grant of the said Place of Register to the said Walter Long, in such Manner as aforesaid, by Patent under the Great Seal, for his Life. And Mr. Solicitor is hereby authorized and required to pass a Bill for the said Patent accordingly, in such Manner as is accustomed in the like Cases.
The Lords Concurrence to be desired herein.